The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated cancer center in Indiana that provides patient care. Established in 1992 as the Indiana University Cancer Center, the center became a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in 1999. In 2006, it was renamed the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center to recognize the extraordinary $50 million gift of the late Melvin Simon and his wife, Bren Simon.
The IU Simon Cancer Center’s mission is to eliminate cancer’s burden in Indiana and beyond.
The more than 200 research members of the center include basic, clinical, and population science investigators. They are organized into five research programs: breast cancer; cancer prevention and control; experimental and developmental therapeutics; hematopoiesis, hematologic malignancies and immunology; and tumor microenvironment and metastasis. A sixth program, genitourinary cancer, is a developing program.
IU Simon Cancer Center researchers have made protocol-defining discoveries that have changed the way doctors treat testicular cancer, breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, genitourinary cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma, thymoma and thymic carcinomas, and thoracic cancer.
Through a partnership with Indiana University Health, adult and pediatric cancer patients benefit from the scientific discoveries made at the IU Simon Cancer Center. And each year, physician-researchers lead more than 600 clinical trials for pediatric and adult cancers.
The IU Simon Cancer Center is home to the world’s only healthy breast tissue bank, the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank. By collecting samples from women without breast cancer, researchers may be able to determine the differences between healthy and cancerous tissue, which will lead to a better understanding of the disease.
On a global stage, the IU Simon Cancer Center works with the IU School of Medicine-Kenya Partnership Program to deliver prevention, treatment, and palliative care for cancer patients at the Moi Teaching Referral Hospital in western Kenya.